Again, Obasanjo Tackles Jonathan On Corruption

•Former president also corrupt – Fayose
•Buhari meets ex-president, promises to focus on security, economy

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have ruffled the camp of President Goodluck Jonathan once more on Monday night, impeccable source at the Presidential Hilltop, has obliged.

The source, which is close to the former President, said Obasanjo reportedly asked Jonathan to convince Nigerians of his anti-corruption stance.

“Baba has been consistent on three main areas of concern which are corruption, the issue of Buruji Kashamu and insecurity in certain parts of the country.

“Obasanjo has asked the President to bring a witness who should be a prominent Nigerian because he wants to put issues not only before God, but before man.

“He (Baba) does not want to be misconstrued, misquoted or outrightly quoted out of content. That is why Pastor Adeboye (Enoch) was on the side of Obasanjo while Bishop David Oyedepo came with Jonathan,” the source said.

It would be recalled that Jonathan had sought an audience and, in fact, set to meet with Obasanjo December 31 when the former BOT Chairman asked that the President “should come with a prominent Nigerian.”

Jonathan, having consulted with his allies resorted to meeting Obasanjo in company with Chief Afe Babalola, before the latter refused the offer.

Babalola, the Ibadan based legal luminary and educationist is a bossom friend and lawyer to Obasanjo.

The source added that the non-availability of the duo of Adeboye and Oyedepo in the afternoon informed why the meeting was cancelled.
His words: “It is not true that Baba avoided or shunned the President in the afternoon. What happened was that Pastor Adeboye and Bishop Oyedepo, the witnesses on both sides were not readily available.”

However, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, hit back on Obasanjo, saying he is not better than those leaders he labelled as being corrupt in the country.

Speaking during the Jonathan /Sambo re-election Campaigns at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado- Ekiti, the governor said the former president also lacks powers to speak for Yoruba race.

He therefore urged Obasanjo to be honest and tell Nigerians how he came about the multi-million Naira spent on his aborted Third -Term Bid and Obasanjo Library Project in Abeokuta.

“Obasanjo should tell the public how he came about the N50 million bribe on his third term bid and the monies he used in the construction of his Library.

“Let me say here that Obasanjo lacked the powers to speak for the Yoruba and we know whose voice could be listened to, in this regard,” Fayose asserted.

The PDP leader in Ekiti saluted some traditional rulers in Yoruba whom he said were making honest remarks about past and present Nigerian leaders, particularly, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, urging others to emulate him.

He also urged the All Progressives Congress (APC), presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to clear the controversies surroundings his certificates by using the ongoing Campaign to present it openly.

He said the prevailing challenges confronting the nation are far more than what Buhari could handle since age is no longer on his side.

He alleged that some fraudulent elements in APC were only trying to take advantage of weakness of Buhari in age to shortage the country.

Fayose who recalled that he faced similar challenge in the hands of the APC in Ekiti also used the occasion to present his academic qualifications to the audience.

Although, the governor assured that President Goodluck Jonathan would be victorious in the 2015 General Election, he however opined that the margin might not be as wide as that of the 2011 elections.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo has received the Presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo who assured him of the party’s readiness to focus on security and economy.

The APC flagbearers were in company of leaders of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and Senatorial candidate for Ogun Central district, Lanre Tejuoso, and host of others were also present.

Obasanjo attested to the incorruptibility of Buhari while he advised that infrastructure be added to the APC’s cardinal programmes of security, economy and corruption.

He added that all political parties are microscopic Nigeria, consisting of the “good, bad and ugly,” advising that “people of integrity should be made to form government.”

Author: News Editor

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